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Could a New Park Be Coming to York Boulevard?

Community members are invited to attend a pair of planning meetings scheduled in the coming two weeks.

The lot at the northeast corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 50 has for years stood vacant, considered by many a bad real estate investment because of its past life as Steve's Gas Station.

However, now some community members are hoping the blighted plot of land can be transformed into a public park.

A pair of meetings, hosted by Councilman José Huizar (CD14) and Living Streets L.A., are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks to develop an action plan for developing a park at the plot.

The meetings are scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, and Monday, June 27. Both will held at 5010 York Blvd., the former location of El Chapin Restaurant.

Zenay Loera, the northeast area director for Councilman Huizar's office, said community members will be asked to suggest what they'd like see included in the park during the first meeting and then help to create the design during the second meeting. 

Finding funding will also be a critical part of planning the park, Loera said. She said the city would need to both purchase the land, which is currently being advertised for sale by it's current owner, and pay for an extensive remediation of the its gasoline steeped soil.

Loera said the city could apply for grants through California Prop. 84, which was established in 2006 to fund waterway and natural resource protection, water pollution and contamination control and state and local park improvements.

Community members who are interested in participating in the planning effort can get more information by calling Huizar's Eagle Rock field office at (323) 254-5295

Jeff walker June 20, 2011 at 01:44 PM
This is GREAT! BTW it's the SW corner.
monique June 20, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Its about time its been vacant for over 10 yrs now I hope they do a great job and make it worth the neighborhoods while !! Make it dog friendly !!!
Milla Goldenberg June 20, 2011 at 05:07 PM
would be great if they made it a dog park.
mark June 20, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Great idea. I would opt for a people park though. I guess it's because I have kids though.
Paola Martinez June 20, 2011 at 07:10 PM
I would be concerned about having children play and drink water where there used to be a gas station. There would need to be some serious testing on soi and water pollution...
raphael guerin June 20, 2011 at 09:56 PM
A place for Seniors to enjoy and play games would be great.
Milla Goldenberg June 20, 2011 at 11:46 PM
maybe they can make it a multi-use space -- fenced-in area for dogs, playground for kids and benches for seniors.
STARCHY June 21, 2011 at 03:22 AM
why is the city going to bail out the owner of a contaminated site?
Cris25 June 21, 2011 at 07:21 AM
A Basketball court with lights to play ball during the night! =D
Get Organized Already June 21, 2011 at 02:46 PM
I think a dog park is a bit of a stretch for us. Unfortunately the majority of dog owners in HP think of their animals as security and never walk them. Sad, but it's a reality. Lets concentrate on the greatest good for the greatest people.
anita acosta June 22, 2011 at 05:25 PM
A WONDERFUL IDEA, MANY RESIDENTS WALK THE STREETS WINDOW SHOPPING, A PARK FOR THEM TO REST, TAKE THEIR KIDS AND PERHAPS A DOGGIE SECTION PLUS SIGN STATING ALL DOGS MUST BE ON LEASE...YORK BLVD IS DEFINITELY LOOKING UP AND LOOKING GOOD. Aaa Owner La Vida Loca galeria 5050 York

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